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There are 10 ways to get from Athens to Cologne by plane, train, bus, car ferry, car train or car

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Fly to Cologne/Bonn Apt  •  6 h 9 min

  1. Fly from Athens (ATH) to Cologne/Bonn Apt (CGN) ATH - CGN

$76 - $308

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Fly to Dusseldorf  •  7 h 17 min

  1. Fly from Athens (ATH) to Dusseldorf (DUS) ATH - DUS

$106 - $331

Fly to Frankfurt, train  •  7 h 5 min

  1. Fly from Athens (ATH) to Frankfurt (FRA) ATH - FRA
  2. Take the train from Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf to Köln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12

$130 - $395

Train, bus  •  29 h 31 min

  1. Take the train from Athens to Thessaloniki
  2. Take the bus from Thessaloniki to Bratislava
  3. Take the train from Bratislava-Petrzalka to Wien Hbf Rex
  4. Take the train from Wien Hbf to Würzburg Hbf Ice
  5. Take the train from Würzburg Hbf to Köln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12 Ice

$261 - $395

Bus, train  •  34 h 24 min

  1. Take the bus from Athens to Budapest
  2. Take the train from Kelenföld to Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf Rj
  3. Take the train from Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf to Köln Hbf Ice

$326 - $453

Bus Panonija Bus  •  42 h 32 min

  1. Take the bus from Athens to Beograd
  2. Take the bus from Beograd to Cologne

$182 - $202

Bus, car ferry, train, car train  •  2 days 4 h

  1. Take the bus from Athens to Patras
  2. Take the car ferry from Patras to Venezia
  3. Take the train from Venezia S.Lucia to Verona Porta Nuova Reg / ...
  4. Take the car train from Verona Porta Nuova to Köln Hbf

$192 - $526

Bus Makedonija Soobrakaj AD  •  2 days 13 h

  1. Take the bus from Athens Pedion Areos to Thessaloniki Monastiriou
  2. Take the bus from Thessaloniki Büro Simeonidis to Skopje Zob
  3. Take the bus from Skopje to Köln Hauptbahnhof

$188 - $240

Drive, train  •  28 h 12 min

  1. Drive from Athens to Villach Hbf
  2. Take the train from Villach Hbf to Köln Hbf Ec

$410 - $596

Drive  •  24 h 58 min

  1. Drive from Athens to Cologne 1606.1 miles

$380 - $600

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The cheapest way to get from Athens to Cologne is to fly which costs 65€ - 270€ and takes 6 h 9 min.

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The quickest way to get from Athens to Cologne is to fly which costs 65€ - 270€ and takes 6 h 9 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Athens to Cologne. However, there are services departing from Athens and arriving at Cologne via Beograd. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 42 h 32 min.

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The distance between Athens and Cologne is 1952 km. The road distance is 2569.8 km.

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The best way to get from Athens to Cologne without a car is to train and bus which takes 29 h 31 min and costs 220€ - 350€.

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It takes approximately 6 h 9 min to get from Athens to Cologne, including transfers.

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Athens to Cologne bus services, operated by Crazy Holidays, depart from Athens station.

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The best way to get from Athens to Cologne is to fly which takes 6 h 9 min and costs 65€ - 270€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 150€ - 180€ and takes 42 h 32 min.

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The quickest flight from Athens Airport to Cologne/Bonn Apt Airport is the direct flight which takes 3 h 5 min.

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Athens to Cologne bus services, operated by Panonija Bus, arrive at Cologne station.

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Map of how to get from Athens to Cologne.
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  • Distance: 1219.9 miles
  • Duration: 6 h 9 min

What companies run services between Athens, Greece and Cologne, Germany?

Eurowings, Lufthansa and seven other airlines fly from Athens to Cologne every 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Athens to Cologne via Beograd in around 42 h 32 min.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Athens to Cologne/Bonn Apt via Munich
Ave. Duration
4 h 57 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $700
Flights from Athens to Dusseldorf via Munich
Ave. Duration
4 h 46 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $800
Flights from Athens to Dusseldorf via Zurich
Ave. Duration
5 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $800
Flights from Athens to Dusseldorf via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
5 h 45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $800
Flights from Athens to Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3 h 1 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $800
Flights from Athens to Frankfurt via Munich
Ave. Duration
4 h 48 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$190 - $800
Aegean Airlines
Website
aegeanair.com
Flights from Athens to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
3 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $650
Flights from Athens to Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3 h 1 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $800
Air Serbia
Website
airserbia.com
Flights from Athens to Dusseldorf via Belgrade
Ave. Duration
5 h 20 min
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$140 - $600
Flights from Athens to Dusseldorf via Rome
Ave. Duration
5 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $1,200
Flights from Athens to Frankfurt via Belgrade
Ave. Duration
4 h 45 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$170 - $800
Flights from Athens to Frankfurt via Rome
Ave. Duration
5 h 55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$290 - $1,300
Austrian Airlines
Website
austrian.com
Flights from Athens to Cologne/Bonn Apt via Vienna
Ave. Duration
5 h 15 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$230 - $950
Flights from Athens to Dusseldorf via Vienna
Ave. Duration
5 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $900
Flights from Athens to Frankfurt via Vienna
Ave. Duration
5 h 2 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $950
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Athens to Cologne/Bonn Apt via Zurich
Ave. Duration
5 h 2 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$230 - $650
Flights from Athens to Dusseldorf via Zurich
Ave. Duration
5 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $800
Alitalia
Website
alitalia.com
Flights from Athens to Dusseldorf via Rome
Ave. Duration
5 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $1,200
Flights from Athens to Frankfurt via Milan Linate
Ave. Duration
5 h 10 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$290 - $1,300
Flights from Athens to Frankfurt via Rome
Ave. Duration
5 h 55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$290 - $1,300
Eurowings
Website
eurowings.com
Flights from Athens to Cologne/Bonn Apt
Ave. Duration
3 h 5 min
When
Monday, Wednesday and Saturday
Estimated price
$100 - $1,800
Flights from Athens to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
3 h 15 min
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
$95 - $650
Flights from Athens to Dusseldorf via Stuttgart
Ave. Duration
5 h 25 min
When
Thursday
Estimated price
$95 - $650
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Athens to Cologne/Bonn Apt via Rome Ciampino
Ave. Duration
5 h 10 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
$55 - $220
Flights from Athens to Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $550
Turkish Airlines
Website
p.turkishairlines.com
Flights from Athens to Cologne/Bonn Apt via Istanbul Ataturk
Ave. Duration
6 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $750
Flights from Athens to Dusseldorf via Istanbul Ataturk
Ave. Duration
5 h 50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $750
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Athens to Cologne/Bonn Apt via Berlin Tegel
Ave. Duration
5 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $550
Pegasus Airlines
Website
flypgs.com
Flights from Athens to Cologne/Bonn Apt via Sabiha Gokcen
Ave. Duration
5 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $650
Scandinavian Airlines
Website
flysas.com
Flights from Athens to Dusseldorf via Copenhagen
Ave. Duration
5 h 25 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$160 - $750
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Athens to Dusseldorf via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
5 h 50 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$180 - $850
Train operators
Deutsche Bahn

Deutsche Bahn is the German railway company, and the largest railway operator and infrastructure owner in Europe. Based in Berlin, Deutsche Bahn was founded in 1994, and offers many different types of rail transportation including ICE or Intercity-Express for high-speed services between major cities and regions, IC (InterCity) for long-distance trains, RE (Regional Express) trains that connect regions and cities, and the S-Bahn rapid transit service. There are two main tickets on offer: the Flexpreis that has full flexibility, and the Sparpreis which is the cheaper, advanced fare.

Contact Details
Phone
+49 0180 6 99 66 33
Website
bahn.com
Train from Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf to Köln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12
Ave. Duration
48 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Website
bahn.de
Train from Würzburg Hbf to Köln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12
Ave. Duration
2 h 19 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$60 - $90
Website
bahn.de
Train from Kelenföld to Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf
Ave. Duration
10 h 28 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$210 - $300
Website
bahn.de
Train from Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf to Köln Hbf
Ave. Duration
56 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$35 - $60
Website
bahn.de
Greek Railways (OSE)
Website
trainose.gr
Train from Athens to Thessaloniki
Ave. Duration
5 h 23 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$27 - $40
Website
trainose.gr
Book at
Raileurope.com
Second Class
$27 - $40
First Class
$35 - $50
Railways of Slovak Republic (ZSSK)
Website
zssk.sk
Train from Bratislava-Petrzalka to Wien Hbf
Ave. Duration
59 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$12 - $20
Website
slovakrail.sk
Austrian Railways (ÖBB)

The national railway system of Austria, the OBB carried 209 million passengers on local and regional trains, and 35 million on long-distance trains in 2016 alone. The OBB’s 4865 km network covers 570 trains simultaneously at peak times, with one train leaving every 12 seconds, making it a supremely efficient way to travel around the country and surrounding region. The company’s extensive network connects cities in Austria, and adjacent European countries including Germany, Hungary, Liechtenstein, Czech Republic, Switzerland and Slovenia.

Contact Details
Website
oebb.at
Train from Wien Hbf to Würzburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
5 h 7 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$95 - $150
Website
fahrplan.oebb.at
Book at
Raileurope.com
Train from Villach Hbf to Köln Hbf
Ave. Duration
11 h 1 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$150 - $220
Website
fahrplan.oebb.at
Book at
Raileurope.com
Trenitalia

The primary train operator in Italy, Trenitalia was created in the year 2000. Trenitalia offers national rail connections in Italy as well as international connections to Austria, France, Germany and Switzerland. The company operates regional and long-distance trains, as well as high-speed trains called Frecce that travel on specialised tracks on speeds of up to 360km/h. Trenitalia tickets are available online, in stations across the country or from many travel agents that offer bookings.

Contact Details
Phone
+39 06 68475475
Website
trenitalia.com
Train from Venezia S.Lucia to Verona Porta Nuova
Ave. Duration
2 h 21 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$9 - $20
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
1st Class
$16 - $20
ItaloTreno
Phone
+39 060708
Website
italotreno.it
Train from Venezia Santa Lucia Station to Verona Porta Nuova Station
Ave. Duration
1 h 11 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$19 - $27
Website
italotreno.it
Trenitalia Eurocity

The primary train operator in Italy, Trenitalia was created in the year 2000. Trenitalia offers national rail connections in Italy as well as international connections to Austria, France, Germany and Switzerland. The company operates regional and long-distance trains, as well as high-speed trains called Frecce that travel on specialised tracks on speeds of up to 360km/h. Trenitalia tickets are available online, in stations across the country or from many travel agents that offer bookings.

Contact Details
Phone
+39 06 68475475
Website
trenitalia.com
Train from Venezia Santa Lucia to Verona Porta Nuova
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$27 - $40
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Urlaubs-Express
Phone
+49 (0) 221 800 20 820
Email
info@urlaubs-express.de
Website
urlaubs-express.de
Car train from Verona Porta Nuova to Köln Hbf
Ave. Duration
13 h 30 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$65 - $140
Schedules at
urlaubs-express.de
Passenger
$68
Motorcycle
$114
Vehicle
$126
Bus operators
Simeonidis Tours
Phone
+30-2310540970
Email
info@simeonidistours.gr
Website
simeonidistours.gr
Bus from Thessaloniki to Bratislava
Ave. Duration
12 h 27 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$60 - $90
Schedules at
simeonidistours.gr
Bus from Thessaloniki Büro Simeonidis to Skopje Zob
Ave. Duration
4 h
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$23 - $35
Schedules at
simeonidistours.gr
Siamos Tours
Phone
0030 2108219900
Email
vsiamos@otenet.gr
Website
siamostours.gr
Bus from Athens to Budapest
Ave. Duration
21 h 8 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$75 - $90
Schedules at
siamostours.gr
Crazy Holidays
Phone
2310-241545
Website
crazyholidays.gr
Bus from Athens to Beograd
Ave. Duration
16 h
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$55 - $80
Schedules at
crazyholidays.gr
Panonija Bus
Website
panonijabus.com
Bus from Beograd to Cologne
Ave. Duration
25 h 32 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$126
Schedules at
panonijabus.com
Book at
panonijabus.com
KTEL Achaias
Phone
2610 623 888
Website
ktelachaias.gr
Bus from Athens to Patras
Ave. Duration
2 h 30 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$22 - $26
Schedules at
ktelachaias.gr
KTEL Thessalonikis
Phone
+30 2310 510835
Email
contact@ktelthes.gr
Website
ktelthes.gr
Bus from Athens Pedion Areos to Thessaloniki Monastiriou
Ave. Duration
6 h 15 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$45
Schedules at
ktelthes.gr
Makedonija Soobrakaj AD
Phone
+389(0)2 24 02 388
Email
avtobuska@maksoob.com.mk
Website
ms.mk
Bus from Skopje to Köln Hauptbahnhof
Ave. Duration
2 days 1 h
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
$120 - $160
Schedules at
ms.mk
Nasir Tours
Phone
+389 (0) 42 218 007
Website
nasirtours.de
Bus from Skopje to Cologne
Ave. Duration
28 h
Frequency
Twice a week
Schedules at
nasirtours.de
Ferry operators
Superfast ferries
Phone
+30 210 8919700
Email
superfast@superfast.com
Website
superfast.com
Car ferry from Patras to Venezia
Ave. Duration
31 h 1 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$95 - $320
Schedules at
superfast.com
Deck
$97 - $99
Aircraft-type seats
$118 - $120
2 bed inside cabin
$312 - $313
3 bed outside cabin
$270 - $320

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Cologne is 1 h behind Athens. It is currently 12:38 AM in Athens and 11:38 PM in Cologne.

Yes, the driving distance between Athens to Cologne is 2570 km. It takes approximately 24 h 58 min to drive from Athens to Cologne.

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Aegean Airlines, Ryanair, easyJet and six other airlines offer flights from Athens Airport to Cologne/Bonn Apt Airport.

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There are 979+ hotels available in Cologne. Prices start at $57 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Athens to Athens Airport is to subway which takes 42 min and costs 9€.

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